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Date of Death:
Middlesex Regiment
and British Army Aid Group
G C, M C
Grave Reference:
1. A. 58.
Additional Information:
Son of Lt.-Col. Arthur Tristram H. Newnham and Ekaterina Newnham; husband of Phyllis Edith Newnham, of Downderry, Cornwall.


The following details are given in The London Gazette of April 18th, 1946: "Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner." Lt. Col. Lanceray Newnham, together with Capt. Douglas Ford, Royal Scots, were executed by the Japanese whilst prisoners of war for their parts in successfully contacting secret agents and organsing escapes and other disruptions. They were arrested along with others and subjected to torture and starvation and sentenced to death in the hope of making them talk. They remained silent and were eventually executed. Both were posthumously awarded the George Cross for their bravery.

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